Storytime & Artmaking: Last Stop on Market Street

Take inspiration from Matt de la Peña's book Last Stop on Market Street to create a line drawing. (While this activity is inspired by a book, you do not need to read the book to do the activity.)

About the Book

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share.

Getting Started

  • What people, places, or things around you, or in your memory, are you most grateful for?


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

Artmaking Activity

1. Using a piece of paper and a pencil, create a simple line drawing of three objects close to you.

2. Next, travel to a window, or think about what could be outside. Imagine a place and draw what a regular day would look like there. Layer this drawing on top of your first drawing on the same piece of paper.

3. Now think about an important person (or people) you are inspired by. It can be a fictional character or a real-life person. It could even be yourself! Make a line drawing of whoever you chose. Layer this drawing on top of your last two drawings.

4. Color your drawing any way you'd like. Have some fun with it! Ask yourself what beautiful colors you would use to depict the beautiful things in your life. If you don’t have coloring materials or don’t want to use any, that’s okay too!

Optional: Share your creation on Twitter or Instagram with #AlbrightKnox and #MuseumFromHome!


Line drawing: an illustration that contains straight or curved lines depicting an object against a solid background without any gradations in shade or color to represent a two-dimensional or three-dimensional subject

Two-dimensional: having length and width but no depth

Three-dimensional: having length, width, and depth in order to create understanding of full shape